About the Library
The Dunyazad Digital Library is named in honor of Shahrazad’s sister Dunyazad (“World-freer”), without whose help Shahrazad could not have told her tales.
In this library you find a small but slowly growing personal collection of books of history, fantasy and adventure.
These e-books are not scans of existing books, but new editions – carefully designed, proofread, edited, and typeset to provide you with the best possible reading experience.
Entertaining, Edifying, Exciting …
The books in this library I have selected purely according to my own tastes and interests. Diverse as they are, if you like one of them, I think that you’ll like most of the other ones too.
More than that, these books, though written over a span of some 3000 years, interrelate, refer to each other, and enhance each other.
You may try to trace those relations of old and new histories and myths, explore those wide-stretching landscapes of story-telling and experience, or you just enjoy each single unique work …
Anyway, you will not be bored! You will find adventures, fictional and real, a fair amount of sex and violence – or an unfair one – and the occasional cannibal. And travels – travels are a prevailing topic, starting with the Odyssey.
I am a retired publisher of printed books, with a focus on scientific literature, and for those books I usually did the editing and typesetting. The same professional effort and care I apply to the e-books in this library, so that you can read them with pleasure and ease.
For the books, go to the Reading Room. You can download the plain text versions immediately, for access to the PDF, ePub and Mobi files you need a free Library Card. All files are free of DRM (digital rights management) – there are no technical restrictions to keep you from storing and reading them, now and in all the future.
E-book Format, Reading Devices
PDF. Why PDF? Because layout and typesetting matter. Line by line, page by page, and sometimes character by character, these books have been typeset very carefully, to provide you with the best possible reading experience. PDF allows you to view the pages exactly as they were meant to be viewed, now and in all the foreseeable future. All you need is a computer or any other device, like an e-book reader or a tablet computer, that can display PDF files.
On a 6" display the pages will just be legible, but very small. I do not recommend using PDF reflow to fit small screen sizes. 7", you have to try out. Something like an 8" e-book reader (Pocketbook InkPad), an 8.9" Kindle Fire, a 10" tablet computer (iPad or Android or any other) with a good PDF reader app, or, of course, a full-size desktop monitor, will give you perfect results!
To find out whether the format of the library’s PDF books suits your needs and your reading device, just download any of the sample files (available for each book), or the promotional edition of The Book Of The Thousand Nights And A Night, which contains the first half of Volume One and the Conclusion from Volume Ten.
You are welcome to print the books of this library for your own personal use – for a technical discussion, see A Few Words on Printing.
EPUB and MOBI. As an alternative to PDF you can also download the Dunyazad Library books in ePub and Mobi (Kindle) formats. These files have been converted from the plain text files, and share their limitations (e.g., no graphics, no Greek texts, etc.), but for most of the books this will make little or no difference. You can read these files on any device that supports .epub or .mobi ebooks.
Plain Text. Plain text is the most compatible and most widely accessible format there is, or ever will be. The Dunyazad Library plain text files have been carefully prepared to make the best use of the format. For a technical discussion, see The Dunyazad Plain Text Format. On that page you will also find a tool (for the Windows command line) to convert these plain text files to HTML, should you so desire.
For more about the Library, see A Few Words on Text and Form.